Balsamic Pear Tartlets

These sweet, savoury, cheesy pear tartlets are a cinch to make.  Only 4 ingredients and huge flavour!

The key to these tasty bites is to use an interesting semi-soft cheese and good quality balsamic vinegar.  I used Saint Paulin cheese because I particularly like it with pears.  (Saint Paulin is also amazing with slices of Granny Smith green apples and a glass of Chardonnay!)

You could substitute Brie cheese, Saint André’s, Champ Fleury…just think soft, ripe and flavourful. (ie NOT Mozzarella!)

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Use a good quality balsamic vinegar.  You only need a tiny amount or it will overpower the cheese/pear combination.  I like a standard balsamic vinegar which keeps them on the savoury side.

I have also made these with a Maple Balsamic Vinegar that a girl friend gifted me.   They were a bit sweeter than with the normal balsamic.  They were good but a little on the sweet side.  That combination would be interesting with a dessert cheese tray and dessert wine I think!

I served them as part of my Mother’s Day Buffet Luncheon along with Creamy Mushroom Rolls and Rolled Tea Sandwiches.  They make great lunch, brunch additions or appetizers.

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Balsamic Pear Tartlets

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 12 tartlets

Ingredients

  • 1 Pear Bosc is good but any pear works
  • 6 oz Saint Paulin or other semi-ripe, nutty cheese
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 12 mini tartlet shells

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (Or according to tart instructions).
  • Cut cheese into 12 even pieces.
  • Peel and core the pear. Dice finely.
  • Distribute pear and cheese pieces evenly among the tart shells.
  • Drizzle balsamic dressing sparingly over the filling.
  • Bake approximately 20 minutes or according to tart instructions.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

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